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Deliberately Playing Copyrighted Music to Avoid Being Live-Streamed

Vice is reporting on a new police hack: playing copyrighted music when being filmed by citizens, trying to provoke social media sites into taking the videos down and maybe even banning the filmers:

In a separate part of the video, which Devermont says was filmed later that same afternoon, Devermont approaches [BHPD Sgt. Billy] Fair outside. The interaction plays out almost exactly like it did in the department — when Devermont starts asking questions, Fair turns on the music.

Devermont backs away, and asks him to stop playing music. Fair says “I can’t hear you” — again, despite holding a phone that is blasting tunes.

Later, Fair starts berating Devermont’s livestreaming account, saying “I read the comments [on your account], they talk about how fake you are.” He then holds out his phone, which is still on full blast, and walks toward Devermont, saying “Listen to the music”.

In a statement emailed to VICE News, Beverly Hills PD said that “the playing of music while accepting a complaint or answering questions is not a procedure that has been recommended by Beverly Hills Police command staff,” and that the videos of Fair were “currently under review.”

However, this is not the first time that a Beverly Hills police officer has done this, nor is Fair the only one.

In an archived clip from a livestream shared privately to VICE Media that Devermont has not publicly reposted but he says was taken weeks ago, another officer can be seen quickly swiping through his phone as Devermont approaches. By the time Devermont is close enough to speak to him, the officer’s phone is already blasting “In My Life” by the Beatles — a group whose rightsholders have notoriously sued Apple numerous times. If you want to get someone in trouble for copyright infringement, the Beatles are quite possibly your best bet.

As Devermont asks about the music, the officer points the phone at him, asking, “Do you like it?”

Clever, really, and an illustration of the problem with context-free copyright enforcement.

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VIDEO: Cop plays Beatles’ ‘Yesterday’ while cellphone camera records him, presumably to trigger copyright claim so clip is blocked

Some Beverly Hills cops are getting back at a left-wing activist who takes videos of them — with a good bit of wit attached to it.

What happened?

Vice News reported that Los Angeles-area activist Sennett Devermont recorded cellphone video as he was trying to talk to uniformed Beverly Hills police officers on a sidewalk last month — but the chatter was interrupted by a familiar sound.

It was coming from Officer Julian Reyes’ cellphone he was holding aloft. It was an acoustic guitar, and a man singing: “Yesterday / all my troubles seemed so far away / now it looks as though they’re here to stay / oh, I believe in yesterday.”

Yup, it was Paul McCartney singing the Beatles’ classic “Yesterday” — arguably one of the most popular songs ever, as it was performed over 7 million times just in the 20th century — and recorded more than 1,600 times.

As you can probably guess, the Beatles rightfully are quite protective of unauthorized uses of their songs, and when they show up in videos, those clips are typically blocked.

According to Devermont, the tactic worked. He noted in his Instagram post of the interaction with police that “it seems they think playing copyrighted and licensed music will keep the word from getting out. And turns out.. they are right! I sent this video to multiple news agencies who covered the story. Most said they can’t share it… why??? Because it’s playing Beatles music.”

Vice News said songs like “Yesterday” showing up in Instagram videos can trigger the platform’s algorithmic copyright filters which can result in videos being taken down — and suspension of live streamers’ accounts for repeated infractions.

A sublime idea

When the latter video began, Vice News said Devermont was talking to Sgt. Billy Fair, who used his cellphone to play “Santeria” by ’90s band Sublime when Devermont was trying to talk to him in a separate video — and Devermont was quite frustrated:

More from Vice News:

This strategy isn’t entirely surprising. Nick Simmons and Adam Holland, researchers at Lumen Database, which studies copyright takedowns on social media,
noted last year that music in videos filmed at Black Lives Matter protests had repeatedly resulted in them being removed from social media sites on copyright grounds. They theorized that, while these removals seemed incidental, that copyright could be weaponized by police.

“Law enforcement, or indeed anyone of any ideological persuasion who was seeking to prevent videos of a particular event from being shared online, need only make sure that copyrighted audio is present with sufficiently recognizable clarity and volume in the background of a protest or other event,” they wrote. “A chilling prospect indeed.”

Now, we’re seeing it actually happen.

What did Beverly Hills police have to say?

Beverly Hills police told Vice News in a statement that “the playing of music while accepting a complaint or answering questions is not a procedure that has been recommended by Beverly Hills Police command staff” — and that the videos of Fair were “currently under review.”

To mark this sobering development, here’s a live version of McCartney playing the melancholy “Yesterday” in 1965 when it was brand new:

Yesterday (With Spoken Word Intro / Live From Studio 50, New York City / 1965)

Brandon aiyuk Copyright Intelwars President Donald Trump San Francisco 49ers trump campaign Twitter Videos

Twitter removes Trump campaign video featuring the president’s head on 49ers’ Brandon Aiyuk

Twitter on Tuesday removed a Trump campaign video featuring President Donald Trump’s head superimposed over that of 49ers rookie wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk.

The social media company insisted that the president violated the platform’s copyright rules.

Aiyuk scored on an impressive 38-yard touchdown run Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, leaping over Eagles safety Marcus Epps in the process.

What are the details?

According to Newsweek, the video showed Trump — acting as Aiyuk — leaping over a graphic depicting COVID-19’s structure — acting as Epps.

The move, according to the outlet, seemed to indicate that “Trump had hurdled over coronavirus as easily as Aiyuk and jumped over Epps on his way to score.”

Following his Monday night release from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the president tweeted, “Don’t let [coronavirus] dominate you. Don’t be afraid of it. You’re gonna beat it. … Don’t let it dominate, don’t let it take over your lives. Don’t let that happen.”

As it concluded, the video then cut to ITV News footage featuring an anti-Trump protester screaming “No!” during Trump’s inauguration.

Team Trump — the Trump 2020 campaign’s official Twitter account — shared the video on Monday, but Twitter later disabled playback video of the clip citing a report from the copyright owner.

A warning slapped over where the video used to live reads, “This media has been disabled in response to a report by the copyright owner.”

‘Can they do this?’

Of the ad, Ryan Williams — Aiyuk’s agent — said, “His simple question was, ‘Can they do this?'” And I went on the attack.”

Williams also said that the NFL was also attempting to have the video taken down.

“Our contact at Twitter told us the NFL was also working to get it taken down for copyright (infringement),” he explained. “So it was taken down.”

Williams added, “It’s interesting to me that for someone who at one point referred to football players as ‘sons of b*****s,’ him and his campaign sure do like to use football when it’s convenient for them.”

You can watch an archived version of the video here, or a low-quality version of the clip here and below.

Trump Touchdown – Parody